Bo’ness Fair Herald Issue 3


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Issue 3. November 2023

October’s AGM marked one year since many of us new members joined the Fair Committee. Our personal reason for joining was to give something back, after an unforgettable year as ‘Chief Lady’s Parents’. This experience opened our eyes to the incredible amount of voluntary work that goes into creating memorable Fair Days for our town’s young people.

Joining the Fair Committee has, in turn, made us even more aware of the vast and varied types of volunteering that go on in our town: Bloomin’ Bo’ness, The Youth Café, Buzzness, The Friends of Kinneil, Bo’ness Storehouse Foodbank. These are just a few of the many, many organisations that exist, all working towards a common goal of improving our town.

In writing the introduction to November’s newsletter, we urge you to get involved and help in whichever way you can, whether it be lending a hand at an event, donating raffle prizes, attending a fundraiser or simply signing up to play the Fair Lottery. It all makes a positive difference. Work on 2024’s big day is very much underway!

Please enjoy the latest edition of The Bo’ness Fair Herald.

Fiona and Daniel Markey, Fair Committee

Our annual general meeting was held on Thursday 26th October. Pleasingly the AGM was well attended and we would like to thank those who came along for joining us.

Like everyone, things are tight for us, and as such a number of cost-saving measures were presented at the AGM. A full description of what these will be will be published in early November, so keep an eye on our social media.


Dark nights and winter have now reached us but there is no hibernation here.

November is another busy month for us with our SOLD OUT afternoon tea taking place on 11th November at Bo’ness Town Hall.

Festivities are just around the corner with our Christmas Fair for the Fair on Saturday 9th, where you’ll find lots of local crafters and the big man in red himself. Our Christmas Ceilidh takes place on
Saturday 16th December, with music from The Brave, patrons will be jigging all night long – contact [email protected] for ticket availability.

Don’t forget to check our events page to see what else coming, dare we say…next year.

The committee were delighted to support the 21st BRASS Ale Festival which took place 21st & 22nd Oct. If you came along we hope you had a great time sampling this year’s choices and met familiar faces on both sides of the bar


Congratulations to the Fangtastic 4, our quiz night winners. Thanks to quiz master David Paterson for a great night. A brilliant sum of £763 was raised


Thank you to everyone who joined us in Bo’ness Hippodrome for our Fright Night screening of Beetlejuice. A thrilling night was had and we raised over £900. Next year, Fright Night is already scheduled for Tuesday 29th Oct, watch this space for next year’s film choice


Fair Fact Friday’s

Have you previously seen our Fair Fact Friday campaign? Over the next few weeks we will share the stories of young men who took part in the 1906 Bo’ness Fair Day and just years later lost their lives in WW1.

Preview and read their stories here

The campaign was made possible with help from our Glebe Park Vice Convener Richard Hannah, who along with Alan Gow and Robert Jardine have written “Without Fear – WW1 Stories of the Men on the Bo’ness War Memorial” and the supplementary volume “More Stories of the Men on The Bo’ness War Memorial”.

The team have been granted further lottery funding to begin their next project “Without Fear Again – WW2 Stories related to the Bo’ness War Memorial” allowing them to share more history from our town.

So why are we telling you about books? This month the authors will donate all proceeds from purchases of their second book “Without Fear – More WW1 Stories of the Men on the Bo’ness War Memorial” which sells for £15 to our Fair fund. So if you are looking for a unique Christmas Gift why not consider ordering a copy of the book? Not only will you get a fantastic volume brimming with local history, but you will also support Bo’ness Children’s Fair Day.

Order Without Fear


🎄 Did someone say Christmas? 🎅

Last month we announced the launch of Bo’ness Children’s Fair Festival Christmas Cards. A massive thank you to those who have pre-ordered, and if you haven’t don’t worry you can still do so using the button below.

We will be in Tesco selling cards on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of November and have a number of local retailers lined up to sell the cards too, keep an eye on our social media channels for where you can pick a pack up.

Each pack contains 12 cards. Featuring 6 contemporary designs inspired by our local area, all created by incredibly talented digital artists from our community. Inside, you’ll find the message: ‘Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.’ These beautiful cards are priced at £6.50 per pack.
Pre-order Christmas Cards


Did you win any of last month’s weekly lottery draws? Don’t forget to claim your winnings.

By playing our lottery for £1 per week you not only support our fundraising but you enter both our weekly cash prize and the one lottery Super Draw! This month’s super draw prize is a £1,000 eGift card for John Lewis & Partners!

So whether you buy 1 ticket or 10 tickets, thank you we couldn’t do it without you.

Not sure how to play? Watch our step by step guide


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